~Chloe Turns 15~

July 11th, 1996, I became a mother to one of the most beautiful baby girls in the world. She is a wonderful,christian, loving, sweet, compassionate and beautiful daughter. She was an awesome baby and is an awesome teenager!! I know that I have 3 very short years until she is 18.. 18!!!! OH be still my heart… She decided she just wanted a family party because next year she is wanting a massive Sweet 16 birthday party ! She invited her Gran to come and stay for a few nights and she had her best friend Kianna stay all night too.I am thinking luau themed party for her 16th will be fun!!!

First she wanted Pizza Hut, and we got it free because the electric went out and they couldnt run debit card.

As soon as Chloe’s family party, Paul ran and wrapped up his Nerf gun in her blanket and brought it to her as her first present to open! She loved it and the wrapping paper, she said!

Chloe and Mia..who sang Happy Birthday in Korean to her big sister!!! It was so adorable!1

Chloe got lots of pretty clothes and jewerly. She was wanting money for her mission trip to Mexico.

Our family picture!!!!

~Vacation Bible School Fun~

We have such a busy week this week!! My friend Lori and I committed to planning VBS, and then we decided to adopt! Who would have thought the process would have taken 7 weeks from HSTK to get her!! Well it did…so directing VBS with Mia has added a little challenge…but with a challenge this cute, it doesnt matter!!:)

This morning Mia had her foster parents album out and was looking at it. She looks at it everyday! She always kisses her Omma and Appa. She loves looking at her album and showing us how cute she is!

We are so thankful for the fabulous job Mia’s foster family did with her. They have showed her such love that has helped so much with her transition and her outgoing personality!

She is so funny with her albums! My friend thinks she did such a great job with Mia, they want to adopt a baby from the same Korean foster family. If only it worked that way..:)

Above is Mia riding on Caleb’s scooter. She loves Caleb..as all the toddlers do. Last night he ran by her and she yelled Caleb come here!!!

Daddy and Camye girl!!! Having fun at VBS!!

Mia is so precious…she just runs around and plays!! She is a little chatterbox!!!

Paul has been having a blast all week at VBS!!

Mia and Daddy-Appa!!

Me and Mia Grace!!! She was loving her snack last night! She had a Lucky Charm marshmellow in her mouth!

~Summer Fun~

What a great week!! Mia is still doing fabulous. She is bonding with the boys alot more! We had a picnic to invite friends over to meet little Mia. It was great fun! More mommy-omma!!

Mia and her new friend Ellianna!!

Mia loves jumping in mud puddles!!!

Paul loves this chair…he pretends it is turtle shell.

Paul and Mia love piggy back rides…

Mia loves giving kisses…

~Second meeting with Mia Grace~

Today was a little harder with our meeting with Mia, her foster father was there and they are extremely close. He said she is very smart and she was emotional today because she knows something is about to happen.:(
This is Kenny sitting on the floor waiting patiently for Mia to walk in..he even had the Pororo plane on his lap. Of course, she didnt warm right up to us today. We weren’t in her home and was a little leery at first. She immediatly chose another toy!

Mia came in today carrying this massive muffin!! I mean it was half the size of her head..crumbs were falling everywhere. She kept telling the Foster mom to clean up the floor and wipe her hands.

Starting to warm up…foster mom kept pulling her pant legs down. Mia kept pulling them up…she definetly has a mind of her own!

We found the way to get her to open up….the cameras. She loved watching herself on the video camera. She loved looking through her pictures..because she is CUTE you know…She informed us that today over and over and over..I think she has been told that before!!

All my close friends know my favorite bracelet, the Menagerie bracelet by Lia Sophia. Guess who LOVED it…yes you got it Mia. She wearing and letting the menagerie of charms and chains cling all around. I knew there was a reason for that ‘camp’ word and the reason I loved that bracelet!!

She finally warmed up to her Appa…

The camera had her in hysterics!! She laughs all the time!!

We have quite the musician! She would play a song..not pounding but actually play a song with fingers and when she was done. She turned and waited for applause. The foster mother told us she thinks she will be a musician because of her love for music.

She loves playing with toys…I mean LOVES toys!!

It was time to go and she came over to hug us goodbye!!

I even got a kiss without being prompted!! She is sooo adorable!!

When it was time to go she threw a fit!! I see a temper temper here…We have our work cut out. Kenny and I were sitting in the room while the foster parents said Bye and that they were leaving. We couldnt understand what everyone was saying…as much as we wanted to believe that she wanted to stay with us. She didnt want to leave the toys. She loves coming to SWS and playing and loves seeing all the babies!
I did think it was good she wasnt worried about being left in a room alone with us. Thursday is going to be rough…I didnt take pictures but there was one meltdown…that had me and her crying. I know it will all be fine. But I am more nervous for Thursday morning than I was for meeting her the first time. The foster parents treat as a little grandchild…so when she was throwing a fit, her foster father offered his cell phone and off she went! Oh my..

Happy Birthday to my little Pauly!!!

My little kindergarten graduation!!! I am so proud of my little guy. He is his dad’s little shadow…from the time he comes home from work until it is bedtime. He follows his dad around everywhere!!! He is so excited to be 6 years old. I cant believe how blessed we are with this incredible little boy.

Please say a little prayer for my little guy, he is having a little anxiety over the upcoming arrival of his new little sister. He is very anxious and doesnt want me to leave his side. He is rather nervous and is more emotional. I love you Paul!!!

"A Young Girl After God’s Own Heart’ Co-op Bible Class

I had the honor of teaching our high school girls bible class this year at our homeschool co-op. Today was our last day, and it was bittersweet. I have learned so much about all these girls. They are beautiful and love the Lord so much. I am blown away that this generation of young girls can be so mature in wanting to know about God’s word and being so aware of his infinite grace.

We used so many great books. The class was based around the book, A Young Girl After God’s Own Heart. We also used many of Dannah Gresh’s books, The Bride Wore White, The Secret Keeper, Secret Diary of a Teenage Girl and many many more.

Last Friday, the boys class came to our girls class and invited them all to lunch this afternoon. It was great fun!:)

I also want to thank my helpers, 3 of my best friends, Tonya (avid blog stalker), Stacey and Allison. Thank you!!!:)

This has been by far the most fulfilling co-op class I have ever taught, I feel I learned more than the girls did. They truly are Young Girl’s After God’s Own Heart.

Trip to Grandma and Grandpa’s House:)

Our family recently traveled to Ft. Worth, Texas to visit Kenny’s parents and his grandma “Grandma French Fry”. We spent 7 days and had such a wonderful visit!!!
Below is a great 4 generation picture. Uncle Nathan is always so good with my kids and they adore him!! They loved walking all over him…literally!! Camye is doing what all my kids love to do me right now…when I am trying to get a fabulous picture of something they love to pop in like Camye did below…I have decided to stop fighting it and embrace it:)

The kids swam everyday but the last 2 days we were there!! I thought the water was way too cold and enjoyed laying out everyday!:)

Almost the entire Rogers crew…we were missing my sister in law Kim, her husband and her 4 great kids!! They will be back from Okinawa, Japan later this month!:)

LegoLand Grapevine, Texas

While we were visiting in Texas, we decided to head to a newly opened LegoLand in Grapevine, Texas. Blake, Camye and Paul are CRAZY about legos!! I have always heard how awesome LegoLands were so we thought we would try it out!! Above: Us getting on one of the rides!!

Paul with a Lego elephant…very cool!!!

Chloe and I headed to the Pink Palace room of Pink Legos.

Daddy, Blake, Camye and Paul headed out on the first ride to rescue the Lego princess.

Paul with one of the many Lego men around the place! Very cool!!

Mommy Review: Okay I dont want to be a downer. But I would want someone to tell me. We paid $78 (that was with 2 free kids). There was 2 rides, 1 3D movie that was 13 minutes long, a Dallas/Fort Worth Lego city rooms, places for young toddlers to build, a place to eat (expensive), a place to build race cars to race each other, only no one could find matching wheels. We spent an hour and a half and really had to search to make it last that long. So even thought we made some great memories…it wasnt worth $78.

Lads to Leaders Nashville Convention 2011 Part 2

Lads to Leaders is the one of the best things I have ever done for my kids. I was never involved with church or wanting to bible studies when I was younger. My kids beg to practice their speeches/devos, beg to practice leading a song (which I cant do correctly), repeat our puppet script over and over and over and over again….which included Adam and Eve, Daniel and the Lions Den and Pharoah and the plagues. They know what the serpent said to Eve..word for word..they know Daniel’s prayer while in the den…word for word and the know all the plagues in order and what finally convinced Pharoah to release God’s people. They practice and practice their books of the bible. They are writing papers already for next on Will Work Till Jesus Comes. They become close with their christian friends. They memorize scripture. They cant wait to get to church.

While we were there, we heard a statistic, less than 25% percent of kids stay in the church yet 85% of kids involved in Lads to Leaders stay in the church and are active members. Chloe and Daddy…she cant possibly not ham it up for one photo!!

Love these kids!! They are 15 months apart but I call them my twins.

Blake holding his finalist trophy for Speech. He was in the top 6 for Boys Speech yet again, out of 24 boys!! He says HE WILL PLACE NEXT YEAR IN THE TOP THREE!!! I have no doubt he will!

Things got a little crazy in the food room….poor Chloe! Levi and Paul attacked!!

Just a picture of our Green Group. There were over 6,000 christians there this weekend. What an awesome experience!!! And that was just at Nashville! I havent heard how many met this weekend in Dallas, Memphis, Indianaopolis, Orlando and I think their are a few other sites!!